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As a breeder, we not only constantly work to improve the birds we already have, but are also always on the lookout for new and interesting families of fowl to add to our farm. The simple fact is that there are many, many families of elite birds out there, and each has a unique story, history and set of attributes behind it that set it apart from all others. Seeking out and learning about these families and being allowed the opportunity to interact with them is a large part of what makes this whole activity of keeping these extraordinary birds truly worthwhile. At the present moment we have three main families of fowl here at our farm. Most of our current efforts and activities focus on these three families. In addition, we also currently have a number of minor families under careful evaluation.

Each of our bird families has at its core a very select, proven group of brood roosters and hens from which we obtain the majority of the next generation of young birds. We also have numerous reserve and potential breeders that we keep as backup and numerous young birds that we anticipate incorporating into our breeding programs once they have reached acceptable breeding age. All of this totals up to about two dozen birds per family. A brief description and overview of each of our three main fowl families is provided below.

Laos Thai (Qaib Nplog, Qaib Daj)
Our Laos Thai family of birds is our oldest and is the representative of our farm. Throughout the nearly twenty years that we have had this unique and remarkable family, it has continually produced the finest birds while asking little in return. Much of what our farm is today - and much of the progress we have made over the last two decades - can be attributed to this most important of our bird families.

This rooster was the founding patriarch of our Laos Thais.
He was the great grandson of the original rooster imported from Laos.

The three phenotypes of our Laos Thai family. First Photo: Classic Pure White phenotype. Second Photo: This brood rooster bears the Laos Thai family's classic Blue Breasted Red phenotype with the golden neck hackles and saddle feathers. Third Photo: Black Breasted Red phenotype. The paternal ancestor of our Laos Thai family looks very similar to this rooster. This rooster, which we named "Tree Stump," was our main Laos Thai brood rooster for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The Laos Thais originated from a remarkable rooster that was brought to the United States from Laos. This rooster was specifically sought out because of the reputation of his lineage. This paternal ancestor of our Laos Thais looked very much like the black breasted red roosters that the Laos Thai family still breeds out to this day. Our Laos Thai family also has two other color patterns: white and blue breasted red. There is no difference between the three phenotypes aside from the coloration.

Highly intelligent and resourceful, this family's foremost strength has always been its adaptability, enabling it to deal effectively with any challenge.

Most of our white Laos Thais start out life as "pink" chicks. Pure yellow chicks often grow up to be Blue Breasted Red or Black Breasted Red.

Pakoy Plucker (Qaib Dob Plaub)
Our Plucker Pakoy family is descended from three distinct families of pluckers. We acquired examples of these three families at different times beginning in about 2006 and gradually merged them into one family over the years, resulting in the family we have now. Of the three original plucker families (White Tail Plucker, Bearded Plucker and Spangled Plucker), our modern Pakoy Pluckers resemble the White Tail pluckers more so than the other two families.

First Photo: The patriarch of our White Tail Plucker family. Second Photo: The patriarch of our Bearded Plucker family.

These two brothers represent the first generation of our current Pakoy Plucker family. All members of this family today descend from these two brothers.

The term "Pakoy" means "Banana Grove" or "Banana Forest." The term is in reference to the village or town in Thailand where the first family of gaichon that consistently produced birds with the feather-plucking trait originated. Pakoys are prized not only for their feather-plucking style, but also for their intelligence. In Thailand, this has led to them being presently the most popular choice (apart from Pama) for crossing. In the highly competitive world of gaichon, the Pakoy is considered by many to be the answer to the formidable Pama, which has been dominating the gaichon sport in Thailand in recent decades and largely still do.

Pama Thai (Qaib Pama, Qaib Mav Loj)
Our Pama Thai family is the result of crossing Pama with Thai Gamefowl. This family is known for its power, and regularly breed out hefty, lumbering birds that can top out at 9 lbs or more. Like most birds of Thai and Pama descent here in the United States, our Pama Thais are descended from birds imported directly from Thailand.

This formidable rooster is the founding patriarch of our Pama Thai family. He has done well in passing on his traits to his descendents, namely his large, lumbering size and massive power.

This rooster is the direct offspring of the original Pama Thai patriarch pictured above, and is the current patriarch of our Pama Thai family. He is about 5 years old, and bears classic Leung Hang Khao coloration from his Thai half.

For at least the past three decades, the Pama breed has been highly successful in Thailand, carving out a reputation for steadfastness and skill that has made it a dominant force in the sport of gaichon. The most elite game farms in Thailand have the Pama well represented, and many of the most formidable lineages in Thailand presently are Pama or Pama crosses.

First Photo: Classic plumage pattern exhibited by hens of Pama descent. The blue feet of the young hen in the first photo is another common trait of Pama birds. Third Photo: Classic silver Pama coloration.

First Photo: Young Pama Thai roosters exhibiting Thai-type plumage coloration.

Minor Family: Golden Thai
We have had this Golden Thai family for several years now. Evaluations are still ongoing, but the results so far have been promising. If all goes well, we may be adding this family to our main lineup in the years to come.


Selecting Future Stock
When it comes to our birds, we always breed them to emphasize the same traits that made their predecessors so successful. We do this primarily by selecting breeders that have physical features that are identical or very similar to those of their parents or predecessors. This is the reason why birds that look like their parents (or look like a bird along their ancestral line) are so important to us, as similar physical traits also indicate similar genetic traits. Apart from this, we select our birds and judge their quality based on feather coloration, condition and length, facial features such as eye coloration and beak and feet characteristics, manner of carriage, and what other characteristics we believe are important.

Did you know? You can show these birds at your local poultry show! If you are interested, please contact your local poultry club or poultry show organizer for details. Thai gamefowl and most other oriental gamefowl breeds are usually shown under the "large fowl" category because of their size compared to most other show type poultry. Be the first to introduce these beautiful and exotic fowls to your community by showing them at your local poultry show!

For more information online, please visit the following sites:
The Coop.org: http://www.the-coop.org/shows/shows.html
The American Poultry Association: http://amerpoultryassn.com/

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